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More Money for Pizza and Beer

Open Access News points out an article in USA Today that confronts the cold, hard truth (especially when it comes to science and engineering majors): textbooks are really expensive. Online textbooks offer an alternative, says the article, as they are free and available to download and print out. The push has come from grassroots groups and others, like Eric Frank, who used to work for Pearson Education and now plans to launch the first commercial open textbook publisher, Flat World Knowledge.

GTO hopes that students will remember to budget in that extra printer ink.

 

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.